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09 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments


I am never quite sure how to begin talking about anti-black racism among diasporic South Asians and Pacific Islander communities. After all, indigenous Fijians are essentially black. Many Indians brought to Fiji to work as indentured servants were also much darker-skinned, when compared to their Indian-born counterparts. While Indo-Fijians are often prejudiced against native Fijians, in part, […]

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10 February 2014 ~ 1 Comment

The Triple Package Review: Debunking Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld

In their newly released book, The Triple Package, Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld propose that some groups are naturally better than the others due to certain cultural traits they possess. I was on HuffPost Live to discuss the book, and to debunk its central notions, which you can watch here: If the embed link is […]

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30 January 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Dedh Ishqiya – How To Make Your Regressive Audience Watch a Gay Movie

Dedh Ishqiya, the sequel to Ishqiya, is brilliant for its subtlety and in the way that viewers have been left to wonder in amazement about the relationship between Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi, the two leading ladies in the movie. Here is the ultimate movie spoiler: Yes, indeed. Madhuri and Huma are supposed to be together in the movie, as […]

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27 December 2013 ~ 3 Comments

13 for 2013 – The Year’s Best Music! (Bollywood)

My favorite music from 2013, arranged in no particular order. Titli (Chennai-Express) Once in a while, megastar Shahrukh Khan comes around with yet another mindless movie that reminds you of his Ram Jaane days (Yes, we haven’t forgotten). In Chennai Express, our Rahul is over 40 and relies mostly on repeating ad-nauseam scenes from Bollywood […]

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26 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

South Asian Literary Fiction

It has been a terrific year. I graduated law school, got married (!), inched closer to finding my way home, and I’m looking at several long-term career options, including one in my adopted hometown of Suva, Fiji! However, I haven’t read as much as I would like to because law school and studying for the […]

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19 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Beats for Bangladesh

On April 24th a nine-story garment factory in the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed. It is estimated that over 6,000 people worked in the building and as of today, the death toll is at 1,129. Approximately 2,500 injured people were rescued from the building. Brands and companies producing their clothing in the building included Benetton, […]

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25 October 2012 ~ 2 Comments

Where to Go and Where to Get Gifts for Diwali

I don’t usually do this, but I’ve several shameless plugs to make in the next few days, so please bear with me. First, for everyone who is away from home this Diwali and does not have access to a local neighborhood Indian store, you can now check out eBay India’s new Diwalimicrosite. You can get a great selection of […]

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26 May 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Weekend Music: Farhan Saaed

I was upset when my favorite band, Jal, broke up last year, but since Farhan Saaed and Gohar Mumtaz parted ways, Farhan has released two great songs: Pi Jaun (above) and Khwahishon (below). So instead of getting great Pakistani music from one source, I’m getting it from two, besides the likes of Atif Aslam, Ali […]

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10 April 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Calling South Asian Youth: Apply for DC Desi Summer

I will be part of the team this summer in Washington D.C. Last year, I spoke at the Bay Area Solidarity Summer, the sister program on the West Coast. Please spread the word to your friends and family members, and if you are too old or too busy to participate, do consider donating! Friday, July […]

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05 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

IndiaCurrents: Undocumented, Unafraid and Unapologetic

Click here for the March 2012 issue of India Currents I did this story to reach out to a group that is pretty invisible when it comes to debates about immigration reform and immigrant rights. It’s a big deal for India Currents to shine the spotlight on an issue that most of our community speaks […]

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